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John Cope
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Re: Festival Circuit 2018

#301 Post by John Cope » Sat Sep 08, 2018 10:40 pm

Omensetter wrote:
Sat Sep 08, 2018 9:07 pm
All of the Oscar outlets think it can win Best Picture, which I'll believe when it happens.
If they have indeed dropped their popular film contest then I cant imagine it happening. Best Director seems far more feasible.

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Re: Festival Circuit 2018

#302 Post by domino harvey » Sat Sep 08, 2018 10:43 pm

A Star is Born is all but guaranteed to be the front runner, and it will have the most broad support with critics and (likely) audiences all rooting for it. If there are enough passionate people voting for it in #1, Roma could do what Moonlight pulled off, but we'll have to see

And I only meant the Audiard win was wild because no one was predicting him as a likely possibility. By most accounts it was well-merited

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Re: Festival Circuit 2018

#303 Post by Ribs » Sun Sep 09, 2018 12:06 am

The race almost definitely will be A Star Is Born vs... something. Could be Roma, could be the Favourite, could be First Man. Could be Untitled Adam McKay, even! Could even imagine Boy Erased still being in the mix despite a muted-positive reaction reminscent of Loving's; we really don't know what Academy members think, and they might *love* something that's plain and traditional and not particularly exciting. A Star is Born has about nineteen narratives behind it that make it an ideal Best Picture frontrunner, from Cooper's Eastwood turn to Gaga to the fact the movie will undoubtedly make hundreds of millions of dollars to its all-time classic, super easy Hollywood narrative and practically everything in between.

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Re: Festival Circuit 2018

#304 Post by felipe » Sun Sep 09, 2018 7:16 pm

I'm still surprised by A Star is Born's reviews. Not that it's being well-received but the fact that the reviews are so superlative they almost seem to be coming from fan message boards.

From Rolling Stone: ‘A Star Is Born’ Is Damn Near Perfect

"And, at least for its glorious first hour, the movie gifts you with some of the best American filmmaking you’re likely to see before this year ends in sprints to the shiny-statuette finish line."

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Re: Festival Circuit 2018

#305 Post by Persona » Tue Sep 11, 2018 6:49 pm

Beautiful write-up from Justin Chang on TIFF and some of the better words I've seen on If Beale Street Could Talk and High Life

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Re: Festival Circuit 2018

#306 Post by accatone » Thu Sep 27, 2018 3:28 am

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vuDpOJJoNnY

Lav Diaz for the Film Festival Viennale #18.

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Re: Festival Circuit 2018

#307 Post by mfunk9786 » Wed Oct 03, 2018 11:36 am

The program guide for the 27th Philadelphia Film Festival is up.

After La La Land and I, Tonya opened the festival the last two years, the absolutely mediocre looking Julia Roberts vehicle Ben is Back, from the director of Dan in Real Life, is opening this year. Which makes me extremely glad I didn't buy a badge ahead of time - usually PFF limits opening night to badge holders and press only, and occasionally they'll do a $50 ticket for the film - this year you can get in for $20.

No The Nightingale, no The House that Jack Built, no Angelo, no At Eternity's Gate. A lot of films that seem to have been sort of a shoo-in at festivals so far this year are absent. But hey, at least they're showing a (surely digital) print of the Welles!

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Re: Festival Circuit 2018

#308 Post by Omensetter » Wed Oct 03, 2018 5:23 pm

All the same, it certainly reminds me of where I live. That'll no doubt be your best opportunity to see An Elephant Sitting Still and perhaps A Long Day's Journey into Night.

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#309 Post by mfunk9786 » Wed Oct 03, 2018 6:17 pm

We're seeing the latter, during a day also occupied by The Favourite, Vox Lux, and Her Smell - all in a row at the same venue. Definitely going to be the standout day of the festival. It's just frustrating as someone who's been going to this festival for over a decade to see it take a step forward then a step back - they've routinely been improving their level of access to more buzzy or more interesting films and to see some maudlin pap that's got middling reviews kicking the fest off is a bummer.

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Re: Festival Circuit 2018

#310 Post by domino harvey » Wed Oct 03, 2018 6:46 pm

From the non-obvious slate I would check out Galveston, an adaptation of the True Detective guy's book directed by Melanie Laurent, who made the quite good YA adaptation Respire a few years back

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Re: Festival Circuit 2018

#311 Post by mfunk9786 » Wed Oct 03, 2018 7:05 pm

Another scheduling conflict, in this case with some real life stuff and not another movie - LQ is quite fond of Laurent, though, and we'll catch up with it, though the reviews leave something to be desired. A tortured Ben Foster + a young girl seems like a very popular combo lately.

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Re: Festival Circuit 2018

#312 Post by hearthesilence » Wed Oct 03, 2018 7:15 pm

Anybody seeing (or has seen) A Family Tour? I'm not familiar with Ying Liang's work, but it has gotten some high praise. (It's also his first film in six years of exile from mainland China.) It's playing at NYFF in about 90 minutes and I'm pretty bummed I can't make it.

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Re: Festival Circuit 2018

#313 Post by ianthemovie » Wed Oct 17, 2018 12:11 am

For those in the Boston area: The Brattle theater in Cambridge has just announced that they will be hosting an incredible series of area premieres this coming weekend, being put on by the Boston Independent Film Festival. The lineup includes:

Friday Oct. 19: Wildlife, Border

Saturday Oct. 20: Cold War, Rafiki, Shoplifters, Vox Lux

Sunday Oct. 21: Roma, Non-Fiction, Burning, The Favourite

Tickets here. I'll be going to basically all of these...

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Re: Festival Circuit 2018

#314 Post by knives » Wed Oct 17, 2018 6:43 am

The link does not work.

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Re: Festival Circuit 2018

#315 Post by therewillbeblus » Wed Oct 17, 2018 11:37 am

Here you go (there was a missing colon in the link): http://iffboston.org/fall-focus-2018/

It looks like I'll be posting up a residency on Sunday, perhaps Saturday too.

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